Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121)

Occupation description:  Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 642674 5.018 5172
United States 404,800427,300 5.611,100 32,50045,850

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.8713.2015.99 19.3524.2530.37
Alaska 31.5418.8324.06 30.6338.4346.60
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.4021.3326.73 35.2643.2447.99
Fairbanks North Star Borough 34.5319.7626.17 31.3342.7455.32
Southeast Region 23.5216.4718.37 22.2528.6733.35
Balance of State 30.8618.9724.70 30.3636.8244.27

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,031330 32.036.2 25.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation262
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation56
UI claimants previously working in occupation334
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,099
Number of job position postings 73
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 15.1

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry
Fall Protection
Fire Detection and Protection
Fire Prevention
Hazard Communication
Hazard Recognition Training, 16-Hour EM 385-1-1
Hazard Recognition Training, 40-Hour EM 385-1-1
Health Hazards in Construction
Introduction to OSHA - Construction
Introduction to OSHA - General Industry
Lockout and Tagout
Machine Guarding
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for General Industry
Personal Protective Equipment
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces
Welding and Cutting

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry (8 Hours)
Confined Space Rescue (16 Hours)

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 Hour General Construction
OSHA 30 Hour General Construction

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02

 Degree
Alaska Works   (Anchorage)
Pipeline Training

 Degree
American Health and Safety, LLC   (Fairbanks)
OSHA 10 Hours
OSHA 40 Hours

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Combination Welding Certificate
Pipe Welding Certificate
Structural Welding Certificate

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
Respiratory Protection

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
OSHA 10 hour
OSHA 30 hour

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Welding Certificate

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Procedures Certificate
OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Construction Outreach - 10 Hours Certificate
OSHA Construction Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
OSHA General Industry Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate

 Degree
Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Construction Technology

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Welding Materials Technology Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Advanced Welding/W403
Aluminum Welding Training/W413
Confined Space Entry/011
Elite Combo/COMBO507 Cer/CDL
Energy Isolation-Lockout/Tag Out/018
Fabrication Welding/W415
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023
Pipe Welding/W414
Structural Welding Level One/W400
Ultimate Welding Program/W404

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Welding & Materials Technology

 Degree
Plumbers & Steamfitters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee   (Anchorage)
Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 10 Hour Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 30 Hour Certificate

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Tank Farm Welding Certification Certificate
Welding Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Advanced Welding OEC
Industrial Welding Technology CT1
Welding Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Welding Technology CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Welding CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Entry Level Welder OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Welding Technology CT2
Welding Technology OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Welding OEC
Welding Technology CT1
Welding Technology OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry

Alaska Economic Trends articles

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